Some Republicans hope to use the power of the purse to thwart President Barack Obama’s opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba. But experts say they'll have a tough time doing it. 

Prominent Republicans in the U.S. Senate, including Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), have said they’ll push to defund a new U.S. embassy in Havana and will try to block the nomination of a U.S. ambassador to the country.

“They’re going to have a very hard time getting an ambassador confirmed out of the Senate as long as I’m here,” Rubio said Wednesday, according to USA Today. 

But the United States already has a building and a staff in Havana headed by a diplomat with ambassadorial rank. For all practical purposes, that amounts to having an embassy, now that high-level diplomatic exchanges have been authorized, according to Christopher Sabatini, policy director of the Americas Society...

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Date Title
1/31/15 Free American travel puts the burden of opening up on the Cuban government
Fabiola Santiago, The Miami Herald
1/30/15 Cuba’s dissidents and exiles seek a leadership role in the future of Cuba
Nora Gamez Torres, El Nuevo Herald
1/30/15 White House: No, Castro, you can't have Guantanamo back
Jim Acosta, CNN
1/30/15 U.S.-Cuba Travel Could Happen 'Within the Year'
Gabrielle Levy, U.S. News & World Report
1/30/15 Panelists: Cuba could help drive South Florida’s future
Nicholas Nehamas, The Miami Herald
1/30/15 Cuba’s latest revolutionary trend: Fine dining
Tim Johnson, McClatchy
1/28/15 Roberta Jacobson On MSNBC: 'It's About Empowering Cuban People'
1/28/15 Marco Rubio schedules Senate hearing on U.S.-Cuba policy
Patricia Mazzei, The Miami Herald
1/28/15 Outside Havana, a less sunny view of new U.S.-Cuba ties
Rick Jervis, USA Today
1/28/15 American Airlines interested in offering flights to Cuba
1/28/15 Cuba's Castro warns U.S. against meddling in internal affairs
Enrique Pretel, Reuters
1/26/15 The agenda in Cuba
Editorial Opinion, The Miami Herald
1/26/15 Tech eyes Cuban payda
Julian Hattem, The Hill
1/24/15 As normalization talks begin, Cubans begin anticipating changes to come
Karen DeYoung, Washington Post
1/24/15 Jacobson: Much riding on efforts to restore relations with Cuba
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
1/23/15 U.S. presses Cuba on human rights in talks on restoring ties
Daniel Trotta and Lesley Wroughton, Reuters
1/23/15 U.S. says mistrust must be overcome to restore Cuba ties
Lesley Wroughton and Daniel Trotta, Reuters
1/22/15 Havana: U.S. immigration policy for Cubans needs to change
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
1/22/15 U.S. and Cuba Set to Discuss Diplomatic Ties
Randal Archibold, The New York Times
1/22/15 Miami-Dade commission asks Congress to revise Cuban Adjustment Act
Patricia Mazzei, Miami Herald Blog
1/22/15 A Better Cuba is More Possible Than Ever
Pedro Campos, 14yMedio
1/21/15 Cuba embargo was ‘long past expiration date,’ president tells Congress
Tim Devaney, The Hill
1/21/15 U.S. Sets a Priority in Cuba: Open Internet
Kejal Vyas, WSJ
1/20/15 60% of Americans Approve of Diplomatic Recognition of Cuba
Carrie Dann, NBC News
1/20/15 Obama to Tell Congress Lifting Cuba Embargo Is the Right Thing to Do
Jim Avila and Serena Marshall, ABC News
1/20/15 US delegation meets with Cuban officials, not Castro
Michael Weissenstein, AP
1/20/15 Politicians, businessmen urge Obama to move forward on normalization with Cuba
EFE, Fox News Latino
1/20/15 Lawmakers tout 'historic' new relationship with Cuba
Patrick Oppmann, CNN
1/19/15 US delegation to Cuba may meet with Raul Castro in highest-level meeting since detente
Michael Weissenstein and Anne-Marie Garcia, AP
1/19/15 CSG Members Among 78 Leaders Urging President Obama to Work with Congress to Update U.S. Policy Toward Cuba Files
Cuba Study Group
1/19/15 U.S. Envoy Heads to Cuba for First Time Since Carter Amid Reset
Eric Martin and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg
1/19/15 Obama must work with Congress to reform Cuba embargo: policy experts Files
1/16/15 Moving Swiftly, US Eases Travel and Trade Rules on Cuba
Bradley Klapper and Michael Weissenstein, AP
1/16/15 US-Cuba: 'Failed policy of isolation and confrontation'
1/16/15 U.S. airlines eager to fly to Cuba
Katie Lobosco and Rene Marsh, CNN Money
1/15/15 Cuba plans higher-denomination bills as currency unification nears
1/15/15 US loosens embargo on Cuba, making trade and travel easier
Bradley Klapper, AP
1/15/15 Starting Friday, U.S. Will Ease Restrictions on Travel to Cuba
Peter Baker, The New York Times
1/15/15 FACT SHEET: Treasury and Commerce Announce Regulatory Amendments to the Cuba Sanctions
U.S. Treasury Department
1/15/15 Statement on the Publication of Regulatory Changes to Cuba Sanctions
Cuba Study Group
1/15/15 U.S. easing trade, travel rules on Cuba
Alan Gomez, USA Today
1/14/15 Give U.S. and Cuba space to negotiate: OAS chief
Lesley Wroughton, Reuters
1/14/15 Miami entrepreneurs to host Cuban counterparts as part of cultural exchange
Tomas Bilbao, Knight Blog
1/14/15 Why It's Time For A Reality Check On Normalizing Relations With Cuba
Tim Padgett, WLRN
1/14/15 What If Cuba Isn't Really What It's All About?
Carl Meacham, The Huffington Post
1/14/15 Business Group: Cuba Deal Opens Prospects for US Companies
Matthew Daly, AP
1/14/15 Freed Cuba dissidents say detente will help push for change
AP, The Washington Post
1/13/15 How prisoner names were drawn up in U.S.-Cuba secret talks
David Adams, Matt Spetalnick and Lesley Wroughton, Reuters
1/13/15 US businesses eye new opportunities in Cuba
Rick Jervis, USA Today
1/13/15 Cuba moves to expand WiFi service slightly
AP, Bloomberg
1/12/15 US: Cuba Completes Release of 53 Political Prisoners
1/12/15 Changing From Within
Eduardo Mestre, The Huffington Post
1/11/15 Despite changes, U.S. businesses still face a minefield of sanctions in Cuba
Joshua Partlow and Nick Miroff, The Washington Post
1/10/15 The End of Policy
Carlos Saladrigas, The Huffington Post
1/9/15 Current Record
1/9/15 End to Cuba Embargo Urged by New Agriculture Lobby Coalition
Carter Dougherty, Bloomberg
1/9/15 US to meet Cuba on January 21-22 for first talks on new ties
1/8/15 McCaskill's trip to Cuba will focus on agriculture
Jacob Kirn, St. Louis Business Journal
1/8/15 Ending Cuba Embargo Urged by New Agriculture Industry Coalition
Carter Dougherty, Bloomberg
1/8/15 A View From Havana on Cuban-U.S. Relations
Miriam Lieva, The Huffington Post
1/8/15 Is Cuba ready for life without US trade embargo?
Carlos Batista, AFP
1/8/15 Sen. Corker calls Cuba embargo ineffective
Mary Troyan, USA Today
1/8/15 Cuba Releases Three Prisoners In Sign Of Meeting US Agreement
1/7/15 The End of the Resource-Denial Policy Myth?
Tomas Bilbao, The Huffington Post
1/7/15 Obama says he’ll press Cuba on human rights
Lesley Clark, Sun Herald
1/6/15 Obama seeks help of Mexico’s Pena Nieto on Cuba, immigration
AP, The Washington Post
1/6/15 Helms-Burton Helps Castro Hurt Cuban Civil Society
Ricardo Herrero, The Huffington Post
1/6/15 2014 U.S.-Cuba trade set for 10-year low
1/6/15 The Coast Guard faces a new spike in Cuban ‘boat people’
Dan Lamothe, The Washington Post
1/5/15 Lacking Internet, Cubans Rely On 'The Package' For Entertainment
Carrie Kahn, NPR
1/5/15 Menendez predicts it will be ‘very difficult’ to confirm ambassador to Cuba
Sean Sullivan, The Washington Post
1/4/15 Economic reforms changing life - and dreams - for Cubans
Alan Gomez, USA Today
1/3/15 The new normal
The Economist
1/2/15 Air of non-hostile hostilities in Cuba may be changing for U.S. diplomats
Joshua Partlow, The Washington Post
1/2/15 Reforming Cuba: Building the new economy
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
1/2/15 Cuba Again Arrests Artist Seeking Dissidents’ Release
Randal Archibold, The New York Times
1/2/15 Cuban police detain protesters outside prison, dissidents say
1/2/15 Wharton plans business conference series on Cuba
Nancy Dahlberg, The Miami Herald
1/2/15 The Breakthrough With Cuba: How It Happened and What Happens Next
William LeoGrande, The Huffington Post
1/2/15 Brascuba Ready for ‘Imminent’ Cuba Currency Unification
Sabrina Valle and Anatoly Kurmanaev, Bloomberg
1/2/15 Cuba, What's Next: It's All About the Regs
Christopher Sabatini, The Huffington Post